Camera and Mic recommendation

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Hey Warriors!

Can anyone recommend a good camera that can be used to shoot high quality videos? Ill be placing it on a tripod and if it could do that auto zoom thing it would be preferable!

Also looking for a good wireless microphone...the kind you can clip ok to your shirt.

Thanks in advance!
Mike
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  • Profile picture of the author ConnorMcCreesh
    Just before you go ahead and splash out on these I would think about using two smartphones. Smartphone cameras these days are actually very powerful and shoot very good quality video (when they are perfectly still!). The audio detection for them is also good.

    I tend to use a set up where I put one phone on audio record in a shirt pocket or next to me, out of shot. You then just set up the other smartphone as a camera shooting at full res (usually 1080) and then sync up the two audio tracks and delete the track the camera phone recorded.

    If you want a sample of some audio from a smart phone then check my signature (not promo, just may be useful to you!), the audio there is recorded with a smart phone though the video is done with a dslr. The audio at the start of the video (about 40 seconds) is not with a smartphone so skip that.

    Anyway just thought it was worth saying before you splash out, before I tried it I was doubtful as well but it really works quite effectively.
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    • Profile picture of the author 4DayWeekend
      Originally Posted by ConnorMcCreesh View Post

      Just before you go ahead and splash out on these I would think about using two smartphones. Smartphone cameras these days are actually very powerful and shoot very good quality video (when they are perfectly still!). The audio detection for them is also good.

      I tend to use a set up where I put one phone on audio record in a shirt pocket or next to me, out of shot. You then just set up the other smartphone as a camera shooting at full res (usually 1080) and then sync up the two audio tracks and delete the track the camera phone recorded.

      If you want a sample of some audio from a smart phone then check my signature (not promo, just may be useful to you!), the audio there is recorded with a smart phone though the video is done with a dslr. The audio at the start of the video (about 40 seconds) is not with a smartphone so skip that.

      Anyway just thought it was worth saying before you splash out, before I tried it I was doubtful as well but it really works quite effectively.
      Would be great to see a sample video that you've created using this method if there is one online?

      Cheers,
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      • Profile picture of the author ConnorMcCreesh
        Originally Posted by 4DayWeekend View Post

        Would be great to see a sample video that you've created using this method if there is one online?

        Cheers,
        As I mentioned, check my sig say about a minute in and you will be able to see the sound quality with a smartphone (galaxy s2, so a couple generations behind). To be honest the picture quality is really not far off what I have had with a smart phone as well (though the video in my sig is not with a smart phone). Because Youtube compresses everything down to 1080 at best, any advantages of a higher res camera or camcorder are lost unless you are actively zooming in your shots.

        This is all in the case that you are not moving your smartphone how ever. I am sure everyone has seen the shaky phone recordings of "Bigfoot" and "UFOs" that even in this time remain conveniently impossible to disprove because of the bad quality produced when the phones move.

        My suggestion is to just turn up the settings on your phone camera, stick it on a table and record for a minute, watch it back and I am sure you will be surprised.
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  • Profile picture of the author dlundy1
    If you have an iPhone, you can actually get astand, a remote-control to zoom in and out/ Start & Pause.

    * You may want to put a Mirror behind it though to see what you are doing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Wingman DY
    Hand phones does take great video. Make sure you hold it landscape (horizontal)

    I see a lot of people taking video with portrait --> which is fine for home video but just not professional on a sales page.

    The key to a professional feel is really good sound (because most of the camera/phones takes great images... and the presenter always neglects the sound)

    check this out




    If you want real professional looking video.

    I use a canon 60D with Sennheiser

    check out:


    But most of the professional camera doesn't do auto - zooming.

    You can do it in editing.

    Hope this helps.
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